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Awesome "SAV"
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By Bob Wallace
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2006 BMW X5 SUV 3.0i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

This is my first BMW and I love every bit of it, now I know why BMW is called the Ultimate Driving Machine. The styling is pure BMW. The ride is smooth as silk, the seats are comfortable, and the overall quality is outstanding. My only dislike is the CD changer located in the rear due to the optional navigation system. Something prospective buyers need to keep in mind, the X5 is not a soft, plush luxury SUV, it is a sporty SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle), that means a stiffer/sportier ride. I think the 3.0 acceleration is pretty good, but if you want faster acceleration, opt for the 4.4 or 4.8. Also, the X5 is a mid- size SAV, if you want lots of cargo space opt for a larger vehicle.


Best Features

The heated leather seats & steering wheel, the panoramic moon roof, the bluetooth, the smooth shifting and the split tailgate. I'm also impressed with the fuel economy for a vehicle this heavy, I'm getting 20-23 mpg.


Worst Features

Automatic annual updates for the navigation system. Premium sound as a standard vs. optional. In-dash CD changer w/ nav. system.


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Not too bad, but would not buy again
4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By Rob
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2006 BMW X5 SUV 3.0i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

Well, I decided to write my review after owning the vehicle for 2 years. It is a lease, and we are due to turn it in in 5 days. So here goes. First, my likes. This is my 3rd BMW, and of all the BMWs I've owned, I have to say this one has been the most reliable. We have had virtually no issues at all with the car, unlike my last BMWs. The only real problem we have had with the car in the 2 years, is that the driver's side exterior mirror glass is tarnishing badly, and needs to get replaced. Things I don't like. Let me tell you, if you have kids, do NOT buy this car. It is way too small and short wheelbased for a comfortable family car. Rides too stiff and seats too hard.


Best Features

Good reliability. COLD A/C system. Sports car handling.


Worst Features

Rear seat room is a joke. Too small for a family with small kids. Cargo space is a joke, need more. Make seats more comfortable. Like a rock on long drives. Give it more standard features. For 50k, it is stripped. Rides too firm for a comfy cruise.


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My Best Friend Car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By HorseMobile
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2006 BMW X5 SUV 3.0i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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I absolutely LOVE this car. It is my third BMW ('94 318 sedan; '04 325ci convertible preceded it). This is the best vehicle I've had and made me know I must always drive a BMW. It gets 23 mpg on the highway, loads my Labrador in the back seat and all of my horse equipment for foxhunting (saddle, bridle, horse blankets, riding gear, etc.) AND it pulls my extremely large Thoroughbred/Clydesdale cross in a 2 horse trailer. This is a 6 cylinder engine we're talking about. Then it cleans up and is the handsomest car in the group and extremely prideworthy to either arrive at a cocktail party or to my job as a lawyer in the city. The car is the best. May it live forever! I LOVE IT!


Best Features

Interior design is tight, beautiful leather seats, typical BMW feel - sporty and total first class.


Worst Features

Better Bluetooth and XM radio. The paint job should be better. Gee, it really was hard to think this up.


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The Ultimate Driving Machine
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By V
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2006 BMW X5 SUV 3.0i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


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We LOVE this car! When we first bought it, I was creating errands and reasons to drive! Two years later, I still get excited every time I get into it! Our teenagers and toddler are all comfortable in the backseat as well! We've packed and moved things one would hardly believe! It even tows our 26 foot sailboat! This is a purchase we'll never regret other than we'd like the optional 7 seats. A trade in may be in the near future! A repeat buy is a sure way to define exceptional quality and experiences!


Best Features

We love the handling and overall smooth ride. The seats are comfortable and we all have plenty of room - even on long trips.


Worst Features

I want the 7 seats but honestly wouldn't use it that often other than when company is in town. Having the option is appealing to us. The only other thing that I want on the car is a compass! Why isn't there a compass? :- )


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Great Overall, But...
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By SusanLW
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2006 BMW X5 SUV 3.0i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6M)


Review

This is our 3rd BMW; we've owned the 325i and 525i as well. This car handles beautifully and I feel very safe in it. It is a joy to drive and is extremely comfortable, especially on long trips. That being said, BMW really dropped the ball on the interior design. What kind of car only offers a cassette player in-dash with a navigation system? The only way I could get a CD system was to put it in the cargo area - doesn't work for me at all. Also, the radio doesn't seem to pick up our area's signals too well, no matter what the settings are. The nav system is not great, BMW gave me an outdated CD at time of purchase - having problems getting replacement. Probably won't buy this one again.


Best Features

Bluetooth, heated seats, truffle-colored leather, included maintenance.


Worst Features

CD and nav system in dash; less sensitive seat belt alerts, better customer service, individual radio station settings,


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